Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal water and power utility in the Unites States announced the approval of two power purchase agreements with U.S. developer of solar PV and storage projects, 8minute Solar Energy, to develop the Eland Solar and Storage Center, which will be the largest solar and battery energy storage system in the United States.
German manufactgurer of energy storage systems, Tesvolt, announced that it is working to establish new production facilities for lithium storage systems with an annual production capacity of over one gigawatt hour (GWh) in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, which would be Europe’s first gigafactory for battery storage systems.
Solar and battery storage technologies that provide clean, reliable backup power are cost-effective for many critical community facilities in the Southeast, according to Clean Energy Group’s report series, “Resilient Southeast: Exploring Opportunities for Solar+Storage in Five Southeastern Cities,” released today in partnership with regional nonprofit partners details a first-of-its-kind economic analysis evaluation for solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) in the region. When the economic value of resilience is accounted for, solar+storage was proven to be a positive investment for all locations and building types examined.
GivePower Foundation’s first minigrid system has been installed at the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which is Africa’s oldest national park and most biologically diverse protected area. Virunga is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.
The project was made possible through a collaboration with Empowered by Light, an organization dedicated to improving lives and the environment through renewable energy technologies. Solar energy will provide new power sources to three sector posts within Virunga, enabling park rangers to utilize essential tools – including security lights, radios and more – for their work protecting the park’s wildlife.